“It was performed with all the vitality, incisive attention to detail and spontaneity one has come to associate with the Chamber Music Society brand.”

-Chicago Tribune

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

March 19, 2019, 7:30pm


Underwriters: Carolyn & David Beach
Underwriter: David Sansone



“Russian Mastery”

Wu Han, piano
Arnaud Sussmann & Alexander Sitkovetsky, violins
Matthew Lipman, viola
Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Rachmaninov    Trio élégiaque in G minor for Piano, Violin & Cello
Tchaikovsky       Souvenir d'un lieu cher for Violin & Piano, Op. 42
Prokofiev            Sonata in C major for Two violins, Op. 56
Taneyev              Quintet in G minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola &
                             Cello, Op. 30


Pianist Wu Han ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today.  Leading an unusually multifaceted artistic career, she has risen to international prominence through her wide-ranging activities as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur.  Wu Han is a recipient of Musical America’s Musician of the Year award, one of the highest honors granted by the music industry.

In high demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, Wu Han has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious concert series and venues across the United States and around the world.  She is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s finest musicians and ensembles.  Wu Han appears extensively each season as duo pianist with cellist David Finckel, and in piano trios with Philip Setzer. Highlights of her 2016-17 season included international and domestic tours and collaborations with a stellar lineup of artists and ensembles.  This year she celebrates a ground-breaking Live from Lincoln Center broadcast; reunites with violinist Daniel Hope and violist Paul Neubauer for a series of nine concerts in Europe; makes long-awaited recital debuts in St. Petersburg and Hong Kong; returns to Seoul, South Korea for the sixth annual Chamber Music Today festival; leads a special patrons’ tour to St. Petersburg, Russia; continues the important work of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), and launches Music@Menlo’s fifteenth anniversary season.

In addition to her distinction as one of classical music’s most accomplished performers, Wu Han has established a reputation for her dynamic and innovative approach to the recording studio.  In 1997, Wu Han and David Finckel launched ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose catalogue of nineteen albums has won widespread critical acclaim.  The duo’s recording for the ArtistLed label of the Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev sonatas for cello and piano received BBC Music magazine’s coveted “Editor’s Choice” award.  The most recent addition to the ArtistLed catalogue, Wu Han LIVE II, was released in December 2016 in collaboration with the Music@Menlo LIVE label and features Wu Han performing chamber works of Taneyev and Dohnányi.

Now in their third term as Co-Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han and David Finckel hold the longest tenure since Charles Wadsworth, the founding Artistic Director.  They are the founding Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in Silicon Valley that has garnered international acclaim, soon to celebrate its fifteenth season.  Wu Han also serves as Co-Artistic Director of Chamber Music Today, an annual festival held in Seoul, Korea.  The festival is at the forefront of expanding the presence of chamber music in the Far East.

Wu Han has achieved universal renown for her passionate commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists through a wide array of education initiatives.  For many years, she taught alongside the late Isaac Stern at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center.  In 2013, she established a chamber music studio at Aspen Music Festival.  Under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han launched the new Chamber Music Encounters program in New York and co-directs the LG Chamber Music School, which serves dozens of young musicians in Korea annually.

Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky was praised by Gramophone magazine for “his confident, entirely natural musicianship.”  He has performed with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, New York Chamber Players, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Brussels Philharmonic, and St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.  Highlights this season include engagements with the Arctic Symphony Orchestra, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and a return to Camerata Salzburg.  His critically acclaimed CPO recording of Andrzej Panufnik's Violin Concerto with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin won the 2015 ICMA Special Achievement Award.  He has been awarded first prize at the Trio di Trieste Duo Competition alongside pianist Wu Qian, with whom he subsequently embarked on a 20-concert tour of Italy as well as a recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall.  He is a member of Chamber Music Society Two, and in 2016 received the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.  He is a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, with whom he has won various prizes including the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Kammermusik Prize.  Mr. Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow into a family with a well-established musical tradition.  He studied at the Menuhin School in the UK, and performed several works with Lord Menuhin, including the Bach Double Concerto, Bartók Duos at St James’ Palace, and the Mendelssohn concerto under Menuhin’s baton.

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship.  Minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you'll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener.”  A thrilling young musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, he has appeared on tour in Israel and in concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Dresden Music Festival in Germany, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.  He has been presented in recital in Omaha on the Tuesday Musical Club series, New Orleans by the Friends of Music, Tel Aviv at the Museum of Art, and at the Louvre Museum in Paris.  He has also given concerts at the OK Mozart, Moritzburg, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, Seattle Chamber Music, Bridgehampton, and the Moab Music festivals.  Mr. Sussmann has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Wu Han, David Finckel, Jan Vogler, and members of the Emerson String Quartet.  A former member of Chamber Music Society Two, he regularly appears with CMS in New York and on tour, including performances at London’s Wigmore Hall.

The recipient of a prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, American violist Matthew Lipman has been hailed by the New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing.”  In demand as a soloist, he has recently performed concertos with the Minnesota, Illinois Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber, Juilliard, Ars Viva Symphony, Montgomery Symphony, and Innsbrook and Eggenfelden Festival orchestras and recitals at the WQXR Greene Space in New York City and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.  Highlights this season include a debut solo album on Cedille Records and performances of the Telemann Viola Concerto in Alice Tully Hall.  Mr. Lipman's recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Sir Neville Marriner reached No. 2 on the Billboard classical charts.  He was the only violist featured on WFMT Chicago’s list of 30 Under 30 top classical musicians and has been profiled by The Strad and BBC Music magazines.  He performs internationally as a member of Chamber Music Society Two, at the Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Bad Kissingen, Malaga, and Ravinia festivals.  A top prizewinner of the Primrose and Tertis International Viola Competitions, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School, where he continues to serve as teaching assistant to Heidi Castleman, and is mentored by Tabea Zimmermann in Kronberg, Germany.  A native of Chicago, Mr. Lipman performs on a 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola loaned through the generous efforts of the RBP Foundation.

Hailed by the New Yorker as a “superb young soloist,” Nicholas Canellakis has become one of the most sought-after and innovative cellists of his generation.  In the New York Times his playing was praised as "impassioned... [with] the audience seduced by Mr. Canellakis's rich, alluring tone.”  He recently made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing with the American Symphony Orchestra in Isaac Stern Auditorium.  Other recent and upcoming highlights include concerto appearances with the Albany, New Haven, and Greenwich symphonies, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Pan-European Philharmonia in Greece.  He will also embark on a US recital tour of American cello-piano works, including a recital in New York City presented by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he performs regularly in Alice Tully Hall and on tour throughout the world.  He presents numerous recitals each season with his duo collaborator, pianist/composer Michael Brown, and is a regular guest artist at many of the world's leading music festivals, including Santa Fe, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Bard, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Hong Kong, Moab, Music in the Vineyards, and Saratoga Springs.  A former member of CMS Two, Mr. Canellakis is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory, and is on faculty at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.  Filmmaking and acting are special interests of Mr. Canellakis. He has produced, directed, and starred in several short films and music videos.